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The Lake County School Board recognized at its meeting last month the District's nominees for the Florida Department of Education's (FLDOE) Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award.

Julie Robinson-Lueallen, Principal at East Ridge High, is the recipient of Lake County Schools' Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership for 2013-14. Lueallen has been an administrator for Lake County Schools since 1998 serving as an assistant principal at Leesburg High School, assistant principal at Eustis High School, and Principal of Eustis Elementary, Eustis Middle and East Ridge High schools.

During her tenure, Lueallen has received several awards including: the AVID Florida Principal's Council and a nomination to apply for the Governor's Panel representing Lake County Schools.

"East Ridge High School was a 'C' school when Ms. Lueallen arrived," said Aurelia Cole, Chief of Administration. "The following year it became a 'B' school and has maintained an 'A' for the past two years. Under her leadership, the school was recognized by College Board as the 15th fastest growing AP Program in the nation."

Lueallen said, "Thank you to everybody that has supported me and there are a lot of people in this room that have made me into the woman I am as a principal today. Dr. Moxley, thank you for 24 years ago when I first started working for you and you pointed me in this direction."

Lora Braucher is the recipient of the Lake County Schools' 2013-14 Outstanding Assistant Principal Award. She began her career in education in 2000 as a Social Science teacher at South Lake High School. She entered administration in 2005 as an Assistant Principal at Gray Middle School. In 2008 she became the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at the newly opened East Ridge Middle School.

She has also served in the same capacity at South Lake High and Leesburg High schools. Braucher is very involved in both professional and community activities including: AVID Summer Institute, the ASCD National Conference on Teaching Excellence, the Leesburg Police Department Scholarship Committee, a Trunk or Treat participant and an Operation Shoe Box participant.

"Mrs. Lora Braucher was instrumental in helping East Ridge Middle School achieve its first grade of 'A' in 2009, and South Lake High School's first grade of 'B' in the history of the school in 2012," Cole said.

Braucher said, "It's easy to be outstanding when you have an outstanding family that supports you. It's easy to be outstanding when you work with outstanding people every day. For that I am truly blessed that I am able to work at Leesburg High School because there are really outstanding people there, so I am the fortunate one."

The achievement awards for principals and assistant principals recognize exemplary individuals, who spearhead initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments and establish partnerships with parents and community members. In honor of their selections, Lueallen and Braucher attended the Commissioner's Summit, hosted by FLDOE in Orlando.
Principal awards
Julie Robinson-Luallen and Lora Braucher were honored last month by the Lake County School Board for the Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award (Courtesy photo)
South Lake educators Robinson-Luallen and Braucher honored by Department of Education

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